We decided to stay close this month due to the overwhelming amount of “busy”
we’ve experienced throughout April. So this month’s stop on the Florida Beaches Royalty Tour is the very close and really relaxing Lover’s Key State Park.
We’ve been coming to Lover’s Key for many years now. It’s a bit more laid back and family oriented than say Fort Myers Beach or even Sanibel Island. The water is much calmer, the sand is sugary and almost white and the atmosphere oozes “relax”. You’ll see dolphins, manatees and birds of all kinds. Lots of fishing, lots of boating and jet-skiing, camping and lots of bicycling. The water isn’t particularly clear, but the atmosphere makes up for it.
The story of Lover’s Key is that it received its name due to the fact that it was only available by boat and only lovers would make the journey to the island. Even now, it certainly has that feel about it.
It’s $2 per person to park and there’s no time limit to stay, other than the park hours of 8am to Sunset. Spend the day for two bucks? I’m in, bro.
So how’s the shelling?
Local shellers say that the beach is known for three shells in particular – Sunray Venus Clams, Rose Petal Tellins and Lightning Whelks. They are certainly there. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to take a bunch of pictures of our finds (and a couple we’d never found before), but I will get those up on the site as soon as I am able.
But much of what we found in the water was alive – Fighting Conchs, Lightning Whelks and Horse Conchs, primarily. Queenie took the time to place each and every live shell washed on shore back in the water.
We were also able to find many of these white and brown Dwarf Olives, scattered among the Wentletraps, Worm Shells and various other Mini shells:
But in my opinion, the wild life at Lover’s Key is what really steals the show.
This poor little White Egret had a hook in his wing. I tried to coax him to come near so I could remove it, but he was a bit too skittish.
and this relaxed Pufferfish just swam into my scoop.
He sat quietly while the Queen snapped his picture.
The Fighting Conchs were in abundance, many filled with angry Hermit Crabs.
Lover’s Key Beach really is a wonderful place to chill, relax and enjoy the beach. With so much to do there at the park, and for only $2 it’s certainly worth the stop. So make a plan one Saturday or Sunday and make Lover’s Key State Park a destination.